Plagiarism / Cheating

All students are expected to do their own work when assigned individual papers and projects and when taking tests. The definition of plagiarize is “to use and pass off (someone else’s ideas, inventions, writings, etc.) as one’s own.” (Webster’s Dictionary) Whether you use someone else’s term paper, copy something out of a book, or take something off the Internet, you are plagiarizing if you do not cite your source and place quotation marks around anything taken word-for-word from a source. If you are not sure whether something you are doing is plagiarism, you should check with your teacher before you submit the assignment.

Cheating is also passing off someone else’s work as your own. It includes plagiarizing, but it also includes any type of fraud such as copying another student’s answers on a test or turning in a project as your own when it was really done by your parents or someone else.

When a student is referred to an administrator for a plagiarism/cheating incident, the following will occur:

  • First Offense: the student receives a grade of ‘0’ on the assignment; parental contact
  • Second offense: the student receives a ‘0’ on the assignment and a grade of ‘F’ in the course for the quarter; parental contact
  • Third offense: the student fails the course for the year; parental contact